Thousands of women are delaying motherhood to focus on their
careers, a new poll reveals.
The figures are good news for employers hoping to take on graduates but wanting to reduce the possibility of
their workers leaving to start a family.
According to the poll by Grazia magazine, 16 per cent of women said
the reason they were not considering having babies is because of
Money also played an important role in whether women decided to get
pregnant, with 51 per cent of 24 to 27-year-olds and a third of 28
to 32-year-olds claiming they were not financially stable enough to
support a family or did not yet own their own home.
Many graduates, who are hoping to have children after they leave
university are forced to take on a job straight away in order to
start saving up to get on the "family ladder".
This is good news for employers who are looking to recruit
qualified workers, as many will be prepared to stay on for a number
of years before deciding to have children.
Grazia editor Jane Bruton said: "Getting on the family ladder is
simply becoming too expensive.
"If you don't own your own home or feel financially stable because
of excessive debt then you aren't going to feel equipped to have a
She added that women were not "career obsessed" but that many
wanted to find a good job in order to save up to buy a home and
start a family.
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